Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ruffalo talks Hulk recently sat down with newly-minted Hulk Mark Ruffalo to discuss the actor's role as the big green cog in the Marvel/Avengers machine.  Here are the relevant bits, including Ruffalo's approach to the part, and his concerns about taking over from Edward Norton:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You had a pretty interesting weekend.  
MARK RUFFALO: Yeah, you can say that. 
The comic book collective here at EW pretty much agree: this Avengers cast is pretty awesome. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man). Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow). Chris Evans (Captain America). Chris Hemsworth (Thor). Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). And you. What was it like appearing en masse at Comic-Con last weekend and being introduced to 6,500 screaming comic book fans? 
It was very exciting — and I realized I had some pretty big shoes to fill. Those were my heroes up there! I was a comic book fan growing up. I loved The Hulk and The Avengers — it’s just strange to be entering that world as an actor. I never would have imagined that before. 
You had never been to Comic-Con before? 
No, I had not. I was very, very nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. That’s as close you’re going to get to being a rock star as an actor. The fans — they have very strong feelings toward their comic book heroes. 
You’ll be playing Bruce Banner, The Hulk’s human alter ego. What are your thoughts on the character? 
He’s a guy struggling with two sides of himself — the dark and the light — and everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control. I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was a really nuanced and real human way to look at The Hulk. I like that the part has those qualities.  
Did you have any trepidation taking the role, given the very public way Marvel split with Edward Norton? 
I’m a friend of Ed’s, and yeah, that wasn’t a great way for all that to go down. But the way I see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my generation’s Hamlet. 
When do you start shooting? 
Sometime in the winter. I’m not sure.
More at the link, including Ruffalo's thoughts on the critical acclaim he's currently garnering for The Kids Are All Right, now in theaters.

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